Classified – June 18, 2009

HELP WANTED

Experienced part-time teller needed. Financial background required. No phone calls or inquiries at the branch. Please mail resume to: 3 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI 49341.      b25
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Immediate opening for bookkeeping clerk and sale representative. Qualifications include verbal, written and communication skills. Must be extremely organized. Legal background is helpful. Interested candidates should contact raymond.textilexxx@gmail.com.      p26

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Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p28
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CAREER MOVE: Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. Join the excitement of working for a local weekly hometown newspaper in northern Kent County. Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Need someone who is creative and organized to join our eight-person company team. Commission means you make your own salary depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid drivers license. If interested, call (616) 696-3655 or send resume to superman49@charter.net or fax to (616) 696-9010 or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.      ftfn
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Friendly person wanted for customer service/sales job at The Rockford Squire newspaper. We are sad our associate just got the “dream job” he has been going to school for. The good news is we have an opening for one new co-worker. A friendly, outgoing, persistent individual will enjoy success here. For more information, call Beth at (616) 866-4465, e-mail to squiremail@aol.com, or fax resume to (616) 866-3810.      ftfn
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DAYCARE

CHILD CARE OPENINGS-now accepting summer enrollment. Limited openings, infant through school-age children. Call Wee Folk for a tour! (616) 866-4740.      b25cp
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FOR SALE

Viking Spa 6- to 7-person hot tub, 6 years old. New foam in leather cover. Gray inside, wood panel outside. $500. (616) 696-2084.      b25cp
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Great deal on camera and gear-Pentax digital, 10D, 10.2 megapixel, with 3 lenses, filters, 3 memory cards up to 4 gig, 2 battery packs and chargers Pentax 3-80 Z flash unit. This is a professional photography package at a great price, $1,000 for everything. Invested $2,000 one year ago. Call Tom at (616) 678-4322.      ftfn
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Kitchen cabinets-good shape, medium brown, full set. Asking $1,000. Call (616) 874-7702 for more information.      ftfn
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GARAGE SALES

Four-family garage sale, June 25-27 at 7421 Becker and 7469 Becker, between Myers Lake and Pine Lake. Old Avon, clothes for all ages, tools, antiques, knickknacks.      b25cp
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Neighborhood garage sale-baby and kid clothes and gear, boys/girls, household, furniture. Thursday, June 18, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, June 19, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ashridge Dr., 1/4 mile north of Rockford Dam off Summit. Many homes participating.      p25cp
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Garage sale-June 18-20. Jet skis, clothes of all sizes, misc. Too much to mention. 1735 Solon, Cedar Springs. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.      b25cp
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FOR RENT

Rockford-two-bedroom apartment,  carport, storage. Includes heat, pretty garden. Perfect for a senior citizen. Call for an appointment. (616) 866-2784.      p25
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 CLASSES AND LESSONS

Do you want to learn bass guitar? $10/hr. Call John Newell.  (616) 874-5571.      p26
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Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn
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SERVICES

Preserve your memories-award-winning film student offering transfer of photos and video to DVD format. High quality. Affordable. Call (616) 914-2749.      p34
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Power washing-protect your investments! Siding, decks, patios, garage floors, fencing, RVs, and more! Environmentally perfect detergents. Licensed and insured. Call Rockford Power Washing (616) 204-7667.      p34
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I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 17 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at ragsdaledesign.com.      ftfn
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LOST AND FOUND

LOST-two dogs. First dog is an 18-month-old black shepherd-chow mix with a faded gray-green collar. Has a blue polka-dot tongue. Second dog is a 6-month-old Blue Healer, gray, white and black coloring, no collar. Last seen at North Kent Golf Course, Saturday, June 6. (616) 866-9254.      ftfn
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LOST-missing since May 1, 2009. Blonde and white mixed Lab, comes to the name “Zoey.”  If found, please call (616) 863-0546, or take her to the Kent County animal shelter. Please return her!      ftfn
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LOST-Jack Russell Terrier dog, brown head, white body, brown spots on main body. Missing since Saturday, May 16. Last seen by 10 Mile Rd./Myers Lake Rd. (616) 835-1971.      ftfn
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FOUND-car keys found at Townsend Park, Sunday, May 10. Call to identify, (616) 874-6819.      ftfn
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FOUND-all-black male cat. Long hair. Found near 11 Mile and US-131. (616) 866-9831.      ftfn
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LOST-male gray cat. Riverwoods area. Last seen on Sat., March 14. (616) 866-0686.      ftfn
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FOUND-Jostens silver class bracelet with initials “D.A.M.” in gold lettering. Found at Sparta Chevrolet. Please call Anna at (616) 887-1791 to identify.      ftfn
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LOST-11-year-old black-and-white male cat. Declawed, right ear misshapen. Last seen on Hessler Dr. in Rockford on Friday, Feb. 20. Call (616) 874-1702, leave a message.      ftfn.
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LOST-female beagle with pink collar, last seen around the Childsdale/White Pine Trail area on Saturday, February 14. (616) 696-0367.      ftfn
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FOUND-gift certificate and a large book found on corner of River Chase and Greystone on New Year’s Eve. Call (616) 450-4939 and identify.      ftfn
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FOUND-Chevrolet keys with keyless remote. Found in parking lot at 355 Northland Dr., next to MI State Police station. Call (616) 866-7050.      ftfn
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LOST-cockatiel, gray, one year old. Talks, whistles, friendly. Lost on September 8 from 18 Mile and Algoma area. Please call (616) 696-0839.     ftfn
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FOUND-Chrysler key found in the Courtland and 11 Mile Road area. Please call The Rockford Squire at (616) 866-4465.     ftfn
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LOST-small Siamese female cat, seal point, spayed. Lost west of river in Rockford near Jericho and Cahill. $50 reward! Call (616) 866-1021.     ftfn
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PETS AND SUPPLIES

FREE-German short-hair pointer, hunting dog, trained. Free to good home. Call (614) 270-2241 or e-mail avonarbo@att.net.     ftfn
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Free-10-week-old kittens. Two tabbies, one calico. (616) 696-3736.      ftfn
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Free-three kittens. One gray, one black, one black and gray. Two females, one male. Also free: one older female cat. Call (616) 788-8664.      ftfn
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Free-one calico cat, 2 to 3 years old, indoor/outdoor, plays well with kids. (616) 696-9225.      ftfn
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The Rockford Squire’s “Free” and “Lost & Found” classified ads are free of charge. Call (616) 866-4465 by noon on Monday to place your ad in next Thursday’s issue.
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‘Toilet to tap’ concept plugged at plant dedication

THEY DRANK WHAT?!—Bubbling sewage part way thought the treatment process cooks down in aerated tanks at the sewer treatment plant on Coit Avenue.

THEY DRANK WHAT?!—Bubbling sewage part way through the treatment process cooks down in aerated tanks at the sewer treatment plant on Coit Avenue.

Sewer Authority Board Chairman and Rockford City Manager Michael Young called the day historic and the story courageous.

The plant is the ninth largest of its kind in the entire world, and built from the initiative of five communities. According to Young, it was built with 13,500 cubic yards of concrete, the equivalent of 27 and a half tons which was brought in by 1,500 concrete trucks.

There are 17,000 tons of steel in the plant, the site took in 163,000 yards of sand (the missing hill of the medical mile in Grand Rapids)  and a quarter million yards of dirt.

The effluent that the plant produces from the more than four million gallons of sewage it takes in daily is cleaner than the Grand River. It also doesn’t taste half bad.

Young declined to taste the liquid, which for a decade he has bragged up as “so clean you literally could drink it.” But many others at the day’s ceremony weren’t as reluctant.

Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan was joined with plant manager Larry Campbell for the first swig of the brew, which indeed looked clear if not tasty.

“It’s a little funky,” Homan reported. Campbell said it was better than some city water he’s had.

Homan amazed onlookers by filling his glass up again for another swig. His enthusiasm proved contagious. Former Cannon Township treasurer Dan Barker followed suit with a drink as did State Representative Tom Pearce. Plainfield Township’s clerk Scott Harvey downed a glass. Squire reporters Cliff Hill and Beth Altena were so caught up in the moment, they drank the treated sewage too.

Campbell said it is almost a shame that the effluent is released into the Grand River because the quality is so good it should be put to use. He said if there was still a golf course close by he’d talk to them about taking advantage of this clean water.

“As a country someday we are going to have to come to grips with the concept of ‘toilet to tap,’ ” said Campbell. He said at the high level of treatment this water receives, it wouldn’t take much to make it as clean as the water in our faucets and water bottles.

“You could take it one step further and filter it with reverse osmosis and it could be reintroduced in the groundwater system,” he said. With growing water issues in the country, Campbell believes it is inevitable that we will eventually be drinking treated wastewater.

With over four million gallons a day entering the plant, the treatment process has to be as quick as it is thorough. According to one of the tour guides (plant staff), from start to finish the wastewater is processed in six to eight hours. That means the product that was tasted following the afternoon ceremony could have been in someone’s toilet that morning.

The plant has been ten years in the making, and is a testimony to the cooperative efforts of the five communities who made it possible. The City of Rockford and the townships of Alpine, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield are represented in the name, the PARCCside Clean Water Plant.

“This is an emotional day. The plant represents a lot of sacrifice,” said Young, who said the members on the board have been meeting monthly for ten years-a lot of meetings.

Although sewer rates have gone up for many, Young said increases were less than if the plant had not been built. In fact, it was in response to increases that the decision to build the plant was made.

Most people will never drink the treated sewage, but should appreciate the environmental benefit to our waterways of this type of new technology.

Homan, who has long stated he would drink a glass of the effluent and probably never expected to be joined by a group of fellow enthusiasts, said he hadn’t given much thought to the actual act over the years.

“I understand the technology and know it is safe to drink,” he said. “The symbolism of the gesture is what is important.”

WHAT YOU  DO FOR YOUR VOTERS—Drink effluent. Tom Pearce downed a glass of treated wastewater along with township officials and a variety of other brave individuals. This morning this liquid was in someone’s toilet.

WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR VOTERS—Drink effluent. Tom Pearce downed a glass of treated wastewater along with township officials and a variety of other brave individuals. This morning this liquid was in someone’s toilet.

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WRITE THE NEWS OR BE THE NEWS?—In the excitement of the moment it’s easy for reporters to cross the line. We thought, ‘How can we be here and not be able to say we did it?’ Drinking the treated sewage are Squire reporters Beth Altena and Cliff Hill.

WRITE THE NEWS OR BE THE NEWS?—In the excitement of the moment it’s easy for reporters to cross the line. We thought, ‘How can we be here and not be able to say we did it?’ Drinking the treated sewage are Squire reporters Beth Altena and Cliff Hill.

THEY DRANK WHAT?!—Bubbling sewage part way through the treatment process cooks down in aerated tanks at the sewer treatment plant on Coit Avenue.

THEY DRANK WHAT?!—Bubbling sewage part way through the treatment process cooks down in aerated tanks at the sewer treatment plant on Coit Avenue.

GROUP EFFORT—Those who were involved in the creation of the North Kent Sewer Authority plant were asked to take part in a ribbon cutting Friday, June 5.

GROUP EFFORT—Those who were involved in the creation of the North Kent Sewer Authority plant were asked to take part in a ribbon cutting Friday, June 5.

THE SOLID PRODUCT—There is a shorter word for this. Along with open tanks of percolating liquid, grated walkways cover the denser solid matter as it makes its way though treatment. It will eventually be compressed into a giant glob—called a slug—with the consistency of silly putty that will go to landfills. There it helps landfill waste decompose faster and releases methane gas, which is used to make electricity.

THE SOLID PRODUCT—There is a shorter word for this. Along with open tanks of percolating liquid, grated walkways cover the denser solid matter as it makes its way though treatment. It will eventually be compressed into a giant glob—called a slug—with the consistency of silly putty that will go to landfills. There it helps landfill waste decompose faster and releases methane gas, which is used to make electricity.


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Start of Summer Celebration

June 12, 13 & 14, 2009

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, June 12

12:00        Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open!

12-11pm   Lions’ Beverage Tent

12-4pm     Children’s Tent

1-4:00pm Rockford Historical Museum Open

2-7:00pm Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church)

3:00pm     Kentwood Senior Steppers-senior dances

4:00pm     Dee Jay the Clown

4:30-5:30 Dee Jay the Clown-Balloon Animals

5-11pm      Shuttle Service provided by REBA

5:00pm     Aaron VandeWege-Delightful & Silly Songs for Kids

5-7:00pm Opus Mime

6:00           Rockford School of Dance

6:30pm     American Martial Arts Institute Demonstration-on Courtland Street

7-9:00pm Tim Salisbury-Comedian & Juggler

8:00pm     The Eschelon’s-Music from the ’50s & ’60s

8:00pm     American Legion presents Elvis/Tom Jones-Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr.

Saturday, June 13

10am              Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open

10am-11pm  Lions’ Beverage Tent

10am-11pm  Shuttle Service provided by REBA

11-7:00          Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church)

11:00am        PARADE

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Parade          Water Ball Demo—City of Rockford Fire Parade Dept. (Contact Chief Reus at 866-1553 to participate.)

11am-7pm    Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church)

12:00pm       Rockford Area Concert Band

12-4:00pm   Children’s Tent

12:30-2:30   Opus Mime

12:30-3pm   Tours of Little Red Schoolhouse

1-4:00pm     Rockford Historical Museum Open

1:30pm         Rockford Area Orchestra

2:00pm        Frog & Turtle Race-at Chase Bank on Main St.

2:30-4:30    Dee Jay the Clown-balloon animals

3:00pm        Peri Phillips & Friends

4:30pm        Aarganik- “Organically Fused Alt Folkwave”

6:00pm       Mari Castagnaro

7:00pm       Rotary Duck Race at the Dam

8:00             The Outer Vibe

Dark           FIREWORKS

Sunday, June 14

10am            BridgeWay Church Service-at Garden Park

11am             Carnival, Food & Craft Booths Open

12pm            Lions’ Beverage Tent Opens

12-4pm        Children’s Tent

1:00pm       Bedlam in Rockford Bed Race-Pre-register at Rockford Independent; event day sign-up at Krause Memorial Library.

1:00pm      The Big Tiny Young Show

1-5:00pm  Changing Tent (sponsored by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church)

2-4:00pm  Dee Jay the Clown-balloon animals

3:00pm      Jeff Large-Acoustic

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Start of Summer Celebration begins now

DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?—Again this year join Rockford firefighters in waterball competitions outside the firebarn following the parade on Saturday. You must sign up by calling Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus at (616) 866-1553.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?—Again this year join Rockford firefighters in waterball competitions outside the firebarn following the parade on Saturday. You must sign up by calling Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus at (616) 866-1553.

There is no reason to wait for Start of Summer fun. Rockford residents can begin enjoying beautiful downtown Rockford and the carnival in the South Squires Street lot on Thursday, June 11. As a special thank you to City residents for putting up with all the activities, the City again offers Community Night on Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. For just $10 residents who show proof of City residency may purchase wrist bands allowing unlimited carnival rides. For Rockford residents living outside the City, enjoy the same unlimited rides at Community Night by buying the bands for just $20. Wrist bands are available at the carnival ticket booth.

After Community Night, there are still three great days of fun planned for this year’s 41st annual Start of Summer Celebration. Regular events begin Friday, June 12 and run through Sunday, June 14.

The carnival opens for family fun at noon on Friday along with craft and food booths downtown. Enjoy a children’s tent, Dee Jay the Clown, Delightful and Silly Songs by Aaron VandeWege, and Elvis at the American Legion at 8 p.m. and more (see schedule, pages 2 and 3.

The Rockford East Business Association (REBA) is again helping with transportation by offering a free shuttle every half hour from D&W Center, MVP and Rockford Center on Friday 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy booths, food of all sorts, activities for all ages. The popular frog and turtle races will be back on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chase Bank, so catch your critters soon.

Also popular is the annual Start of Summer parade Satuday, June 13 beginning at 11 a.m. The parade route follows Main Street to Bridge and ends on Monroe. Fireworks will be at dusk on Saturday and can be viewed from downtown, especially near the dam. 

OLD-TIME FUN—Frog and turtle races downtown Rockford are a staple of the Start of Summer Celebration. Here a youngster holds up her racing box turtle before the event.

OLD-TIME FUN—Frog and turtle races downtown Rockford are a staple of the Start of Summer Celebration. Here a youngster holds up her racing box turtle before the event.


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Little gymnast wins top spot in state competition

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Rockford’s Anna Crysler is just eight years old, but an old hand at bringing home the gold.

On May 17 Anna competed in the state gymnastic meet in Kalamazoo. The young gymnast ended up winning the State Championship All-Around Gold medal with a score of 37.325.

She also won gold on uneven bars, silver on vault and bronze on floor exercise. Her 2008-09 season was also impressive, with 11 All-Around gold medals out of 12 meets for ages nine and under and brought in 23 gold medals in individual events. She trains four days a week since starting a recreational gymnastic class  at age five.

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